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SEA Currents

SEA Currents Volume 20, Number 1 -- January/February 2002

SEA Currents is a bimonthly publication of the Southeastern/Atlantic Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Inside this issue

NOTE: This is a newsletter. The links and information are up to date when published and are NOT updated after the published date. The web links have been removed from this issue.

Selected Consumer Health Resources Web Sites Developed by NN/LM Service Providers in the SE/A Region

by Beth M. Wescott, editor

The Southeastern Atlantic Region is rich in consumer health information resources. Below we will focus on four NN/LM member sites devoted to consumer health information.

1) The website of the VCU Massey Cancer Center consumer library focuses on topics covered by their consumer cancer collection and lists their most popular materials. Such a list could prove helpful to patients who feel isolated. The matter-of-fact tone of the alphabetical topical list makes it easier to scan and to develop phrasing for a question about one's condition.

Massey Cancer Center, Linen-Powell Research Library

What's in the library?
The Library provides up-to-date information written in language that patients and families can understand. The Linen-Powell Resource Library collection includes books, pamphlets, videotapes and audiotapes. It houses information on:
cancer treatment
site specific cancers
children and cancer
diet and nutrition
hospice and home care
loss and grief

On-line computer access to the National Cancer Institute's Physician's Data Query (PDQ) system allows the staff to give up-to-date diagnosis, staging, and supportive care printouts that are revised monthly. For clinical trials use the PDQ system which also has international listings.

Some of the library's most popular materials:

Coming Home: a Guide to Dying at Home with Dignity, Deborah Duda
Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, 3rd edition, Susan M. Love, et al
Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy, 3rd edition, Malin Dollinger, et al
How to Help Children Through a Parent's Serious Illness, Kathleen McCue and Ron Bonn
Mainstay: for the Well Spouse of the Chronically Ill, Maggie Strong
Nutrition for the Chemotherapy Patient, Janet L. Ramstack and Ernest H. Rosenbaum
Sammy's Mommy Has Cancer, Sherry Kohlenberg
Triumph: Getting Back to Normal When You Have Cancer, Marion Morra and Eve Potts
When Your Friend Gets Cancer, Amy Harwell and Kristine Tomasik

Beauty and Cancer (Video)3
Winners: a Guide to Coping with Cancer (Video)

2) Meharry Medical College began with a gift from Samuel Meharry and his brothers, in addition to contributions from the Methodist Episcopal Church and others, with a mission to produce Black physicians, it now produces excellent physicians, scientist, dentists, public health administrators, dental hygienists, and many more biomedical professionals. Founded in 1876, the College is noted for emphasizing the special primary health care needs of minorities, the poor and the disadvantaged of America. Meharry is a community-based college, a leading institution for educating and training African-American physicians, dentists, and biomedical scientists. In consonance with the college's mission, the Medical College Library provides links to minority consumer health resources, several of which are listed below.

Meharry Medical College Library



The Black Health Net

American Diabetes Association's African American Program

The Initiative to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health

Black Men's Health

The National Black Women's Health Project

National Medical Association:

Regardless of state or territory of residence, consumers of cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment information welcome the opportunity to browse and download dependable information. The Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center's Coy C. Carpenter Library site referenced below provides those consumers, infected and affected, with a succinctly informative annotated list of links. Consumers are guided to timely, accurate information and saved the exhaustion of picking their way through thousands of sites on the Internet.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center American Cancer Society: Patient/Family Fact Sheets are available on cancer-related topics including diet, nutrition, bereavement counseling, and home health care; Also included are articles on alternative therapies and full-text ACS Guidelines National Cancer Institute:CancerNet is an online resource which is reviewed regularly by oncology experts and is based on the latest research. This site offers a wide variety of information that is for specific groups: patients, health professionals and researchers. The site offers links to two clinical trials databases, PDQ and Cancer Trials and access to CancerLit, a database of cancer literature. Selected information is available in Spanish. American Brain Tumor Association: Consumer site covers all aspects of this medical condition University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center: Comprehensive site for patients and professionals covering everything from clinical trials to financing Breast Cancer Resource Center: fact sheets focus on prevention, treatment, detection and genetics of breast cancer CancerHelp is intended as a starting point to help new cancer patients, family members, caregivers, and friends find valuable information about their type of cancer. The site contains a cancer message board, a cancer chat, a multitude of cancer biomedical links, links to mailing lists and support groups, cancer listserv information, links to cancer and health search engines, cancer and medical newsgroups, cancer news and cancer reference links.
Breast Cancer Net brings you the latest news on breast cancer detection and treatment with links to over 1,500 cancer-related stories from the Newsroom. One can to subscribe a free e-mail news service and participate in support groups.
CaPCURE is the world's largest private source of prostate cancer research funding. Its mission is to identify and support prostate cancer research that will translate into treatments and cures. Together with survivors, scientists and advocates, CaPCURE has established a system that encourages collaboration, reduces bureaucracy and speeds the process of discovery.
FORCE, (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), is a nonprofit organization for women whose family history and genetic status put them at high risk of getting ovarian cancer and/or breast cancer, and for members of families in which this risk is present. CancerLinks is specially designed to make searching the World Wide Web for information about cancer faster and easier. Each special topic in the table contains links providing comprehensive information about cancer, its effects and treatment. The Cancer Links Web Tutorial aims to make using the Internet easier. There is also a Spanish language version available. offers information on Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lymphoma, Prostate Cancer, Skin Cancer plus others CancerWise is a monthly electronic publication containing information about the latest advancements in cancer treatment and research, support programs and activities, and cancer prevention tips, among other cancer news and information. CancerWise is produced by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

4) Montgomery County Public Libraries Health Information Center at the Wheaton Regional Library,

The consumer health specialty collection in the Wheaton Branch focuses on information and materials that will enable a person to make informed decisions on personal health and medical questions. Programs offered include health fairs, free blood pressure screening, use of the Internet to find health information and senior health insurance counseling and advocacy. In addition, all users within the branch, and card holders on the Internet, may use the InfoTrac SearchBank, featuring Health Reference Center, for an index to medical journal articles and information.

Information Links, a Collection of Internet links arranged by subject:
Alternative Medicine
Children's Health
Diseases and Conditions Environmental & Occupational Health
Foreign Language and Low-Literacy Material
General Health
Health Care
Medical Search Engines
Prescription & Non-prescription Drugs

HIC Resources
Journal collection: Many of these journals are indexed in the Health Reference Center accessible from public library workstations or from home (with a valid Montgomery County library card).

Books and electronic resources: HIC is a specialty service of the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries. At the HIC, you can use reference textbooks, directories, pamphlets, journals and an extensive circulating collection of books and videos to find answers to questions on a wide range of health topics - from wellness to specific disease or conditions.

There are also specialty journal collections
Popular newsletters:
Back Letter
Harvard Health Letter
Harvard Mental Health Letter
Tuft's University Diet and Nutrition Letter
University of California Wellness Letter

Core journals:
These are technical and scientific journals for the health care professional. However, they are an excellent resource for the layperson who wants additional information at a more technical and detailed level.
American Family Physician
American Journal of Nursing
Annals of Internal Medicine
Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA)
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
New England Journal of Medicine
Patient Care
RN Magazine

More specialized journals and newsletters:
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Psychologist
Diabetes Forecast
Hastings Center Report (A journal on bioethics published by the Hastings Center)
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Journal of Urology
MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics

Consumer journals:
Arthritis Today
Modern Medicine
Physician and Sports Medicine
Vegetarian Times
Weight Watchers

MEDLINE on the Web:
MedlinePlus URL:
The National Library of Medicine's consumer health page provides links to reputable websites on specific diseases and to prepared literature searches from the Medline journals database. Also featured are links to medical dictionaries, physician and hospital directories, clearinghouses, and non-profit organizations that offer information to consumers.

PubMed URL:
Search the National Library of Medicine's MEDLINE database using interfaces that allow simple keyword searching or Boolean logic. Also includes a Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®) browser and a citation matcher.

North Carolina SE/A Member Libraries Bring Diversity, Cultural Competency and Spanish Language Resources to Service Providers, Consumers and Us (via WWW)

by Monique Mackey , Director - Outreach Information Services, Area L AHEC with Beth Wescott, editor

North Carolina is a state with widely separated population centers, with a rapidly growing population of Hispanics and a recognized need for diverse healthcare consumers to be equitably served. The North Carolina AHEC Program, the Duke Endowment, the Schools of Social Work and of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina university health science libraries have collaborated on outreach projects to bring pertinent health provider sensitization materials to the field. One effort has been in 'Diversity and Cultural Competency Resources' while another has focused on the need for resources to support Spanish language and cultural sensitivity training.

Diversity & Cultural Competency Resources

The North Carolina Cultural Competence Initiative is a collaborative project sponsored by the Child & Family Services Section, NC Division of Mental Health and the Jordan Institute for Families, School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The initiative provides support for providers and agencies in the system of care so that the diverse populations in the state receive services that are responsive to their unique cultural contexts. The Child and Family Services Section provided funding for The Children's Mental Health Project and the Cultural Competence Initiative to purchase cultural competence resources materials for distribution to area mental health programs and systems that support services to families and children. These resources, acquired through this project, are available for loan at the William E. Laupus Health Sciences Library, East Carolina University.

Audiovisuals include:

Culturally Responsive And Family Focused Training
WS 105.5 F2 C967 1995 (videotape and workbook)
Sign Language Crash Course: General I
HV 2474 M419s 1994 (videotape and booklet)
Sign Language Crash Course: General II
HV 2474 M419s 1998 (videotape and booklet)
Speaking For Ourselves: Portrait of Gay and Lesbians Youths
HQ 76.3 U6 S741 1994 (videotape and study guide)
Book Titles include:
Counseling The Culturally Different: Theory and Practice
BF 637 S944c 1999
Cultural Competency In Managed Behavioral Healthcare
WM 30 C968 1999
Family Ethnicity
E 184 A1 F198 1999
Resiliency In Native American and Immigrant Families
E 184 A1 R433n 1998
The Strengths Of African American Families
E 185.86 H647s 1999
Working With Latino Youth
WM 30 K86w 1999

North Carolina AHEC Latino Health Resource Center: a part of the North Carolina AHEC Spanish Language and Cultural Training Initiative, was funded by the Duke Endowment. URL: http://

Through a three-year grant from the Duke Endowment, the NC AHEC has collaborated with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Minority Health, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health and UNC Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library to provide a comprehensive statewide approach to Spanish language and cultural training. The North Carolina Spanish Language and Cultural Training Initiative is the result of this collaboration. The Initiative provides a unique opportunity to increase access and improve the quality of health care services offered to Spanish-speaking families in North Carolina.

The North Carolina AHEC Latino Health Resources Center Web site is part of the Initiative. The Web site provides links to information for healthcare providers, students and consumers and offers information on upcoming Spanish language or cultural sensitivity training.

The Duke Endowment also provided funds to develop in-house resource collections to support language and cultural awareness training. The librarian at Area L AHEC in Rocky Mount developed a resource list. Resources include materials for providers and consumer health videos in Spanish. The resources are available for check out at all AHEC and university health science libraries. A complete list of resources can be found on the Web site.

Selection of recent Additions to the Collection:

Building a Medical Vocabulary: With Spanish Translations
W 15 L581b 2001 (software)
Cultural Care: Maintain Health, Protect Health, Restore Health
WA 30 S7411 2000 (videocassette)
Bebes Con Sindrome De Down: Guia Para Padres (Babies With Down Syndrome)
WS 107 B387 1998
Medical Spanish in Pediatrics: an Instant Translator
WS 15 N264m 2000
Social Care of the Elderly: the Effects of Ethnicity, Class, Culture
HV 1471 N48 C232s 2000
Medical Spanish Made Ridiculously Simple: How to Examine...
W 15 E77m 2000
Transcultural Communication in Health Care
W 21 L941t 2000
Practical Spanish in Eyecare
WW 15 C552p 2001
Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention
WY 107 T772n 1999
Understanding Cultural Diversity: Culture, Curriculum and Community in Nursing
WY 18 U535 2000

Funds - some allocated, some available

by Janice Kelly, associate director

In the last issue of SEA Currents we announced funding for several outreach activities. We are happy with the response from so many Network members. By January 9 we approved funding for 3 technology awareness conferences, 1 training session, 1 library promotion and 4 exhibits.

The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library and the Duke University Medical Library will partner on one technology conference covering PDAs and the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library will sponsor another on PDAs in year 01 of our contract. We also approved one additional conference for year 02 with the University of South Alabama for a cybercafe at the Medical Society of the State of Alabama meeting, a model we have wanted to test in other parts of our region after it worked so well at a Maryland meeting several years ago.

The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center received funding for training and University of Maryland College of Information Studies for library promotion.

The University of South Alabama will exhibit at the Alabama Rural Health Association and Public Health Association meetings. The Medical University of South Carolina will exhibit at the South Carolina Dental Association meeting. The University of Alabama at Birmingham will exhibit at the Medical Society of the State of Alabama meeting.

There is still funding available for training, exhibiting and library promotion so if you are interested in applying, please check out the funding forms on our website

Celebrating Older Americans Month, A Time for Consumers and Caregivers

by Beth M. Wescott, editor

In May this year, as in the past, associations and health care agencies will be celebrating Older Americans Month. Many older Americans maintain their good health with the help of family and community caregivers. Your medical library might like to use May as a month to promote this year's theme: America: A Community for All Ages. Last year's theme 'The Many Faces of Aging' included logos, factsheets, PSAs and spawned many Internet sites, private and public, populated by programs, people, projects and the faces of America's diverse older population. This year will be similar, and though not all the collateral materials are available this early, there are links for caregiver support, in particular.

Assembled below are sites of interest, links to resources, AOAWeb-L listserv, the text of Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging's letter to interested parties and state contacts for the National Family Caregiver Support Program.

Subscribe to the AoAWeb-L listserv to receive monthly updates (and special announcements) about What's New on the AoA Web Site.
You may also phone the Administration on Aging at (202) 619-7501
For Older Americans Month Materials Contact: Moya Thompson

The Assistant Secretary for Aging's letter for Older Americans Month 2002

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to announce the theme for Older Americans Month 2002: "America: A Community for All Ages." This theme has been selected in recognition of the national community in which we live, and in tribute to the American family which is the strength of our nation.

Our families are our greatest hope for the future. Families span generations. They offer us comfort, security and sustenance. And older members of our families - grandparents, parents, relatives and even neighbors - provide us with the historical perspective that enables us to move forward and contribute to our nation's greatness and prosperity as so many have done before. It is this multi-generational perspective upon which we must continue to build. We must work to ensure health and human services reach across generations, where we have young people working as volunteers to assist our elders, and at the same time, we have older adults working with youth. Stronger multi-generational programs result in stronger individuals, who are more connected to their communities. Stronger individuals result in stronger communities, and stronger communities create a stronger nation overall.

Families are the main providers of care for older persons in our country. In fact, we know that 95 percent of the care provided to older persons with disabilities in the community is provided by family members. One of our biggest challenges as a nation is to ensure that in-home and community-based care is available to help all older adults achieve the promise their senior years bring. We must build upon the success that has already been achieved throughout the aging network so that all older Americans can lead engaged and productive lives in their communities.

Over the next several months, you will receive more information about our plans in recognition of Older Americans Month 2002. I am very proud to continue this tradition of honoring older Americans and their caregivers, and of celebrating our families and our communities as the foundation of our society.

Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging

PowerPoint Presentation at the 12/4/2001 Older Americans Act Listening Session,- Note: This is a self executing PowerPoint show; may require a right+click or shift+click to initiate download [Alternative Text for PowerPoint Presentation] (12/13/2001)

Bienvenido a la Red Informative Para el Adulto Mayor Hispano
Welcome to the AoA Site for Hispanic Aging Resources and Links

Caregiving Resources for the Aging Network: The National Family Caregiver Support Program. Implementing the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP)

Caregiver Resources Menu (for consumers)

Caregiver Resources:
Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will undertake in your lifetime. Typically it is not an easy role, nor is it one for which most of us are prepared. Like most people, you may have questions about how to cope with your care receiver's illnesses or disability. If you have a job and are juggling several responsibilities or if your family member or friend needs a lot of assistance, you may need help with caregiving, too. Whether you are expecting to become a caregiver or have been thrust into the role overnight, it is useful to know where you can get information and help.

Eldercare Locator - 1-800-677-1116
Information about Services in Your Community

Because We Care- a guide for People Who Care
This guide offers you a range of suggestions to make caregiving easier and more successful.

2001 Fact Sheet on family Caregiving or

For information on the implementation of the NFCSP in your particular state, contact the State Unit on Aging by consulting:

Consumer Health Booklist

by Jana Allcock, outreach coordinator

Here are a few books to consider for your consumer health collection. Most of these items were found in the Reference 2002 supplement to Library Journal (November 15, 2001, vol. 126 no. 19).

  1. American Cancer Society. Coming to Terms With Cancer: A Glossary of Cancer-Related Terms. 0-944235-36-0 ($19.95) paperback.

  2. American Cancer Society. Informed Decisions: The Complete Book of Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery. 2nd ed. 0-944235-27-1 ($29.95) paperback

  3. American Federation for the Blind. Making Life More Livable: Living at Home with Vision Loss. 2nd ed. 0-89128-387-0 ($24.95) paperback.

  4. American Medical Association. Complete Guide to Men's Health. Wiley, 0-471-41411-5 ($27.95)

  5. Encyclopedia of Women's Health Issues. Oryx Press: Greenwood. 1-57356-303-X. ($69.95)

  6. Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine 2nd ed. 5 vols. Gale. 0-7836-5489-2

  7. Johns Hopkins Book of Symptoms and Remedies. Rebus (distributed by National Book Network). 0-929661-52-4 ($39.95)

  8. Johns Hopkins Consumer Guide to Drugs and Supplements. Rebus (distributed by National Book Network). 0-929661-66-4 ($39.95)
  9. Johns Hopkins Consumer Guide to Medical Tests. Rebus (distributed by National Book Network). 0-929661-63-X ($39.95)

  10. Mayo Clinic on Vision. Mayo Clinic, distributed by Kensington. 1-893005-20-8 ($14.95) paperback

  11. Micheli, LJ, Jenkins, M. The Sports Medicine Bible for Young Athletes. Sourcebooks. 1-157071-858-X. ($29.95)(LJ August, 2000)

  12. Nutrition Almanac 5th ed. McGraw-Hill 0-07-137338-1 ($19.95) paperback.

  13. Understanding Surgery: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Family. Branden Books. 0-8283-2061-6 ($19.95) paperback

National Library of Medicine News


DOCLINE -L Courtesies: Auto-replies & "nomail"
In any season of vacations and email auto-reply messages, please remember to establish a rule in your email system that will prevent "out of office" auto-replies from being sent in response to messages posted to the DOCLINE -L list. You will need to consult your email documentation or local helpdesk support to determine how best to do this.

During extended absences, users may wish to set their DOCLINE -L subscription to 'nomail' which will temporarily halt DOCLINE -L message delivery to their email account.

To temporarily halt delivery of DOCLINE -L postings, send the command 'SET DOCLINE -L NOMAIL' in the body of an email message to

To resume DOCLINE -L mail delivery send the command 'SET DOCLINE -L MAIL' in the body of an email message to

You may view messages posted during your absence by searching the DOCLINE -L archives located at

Please see the DOCLINE -L resource page

( and the NLM Email List Resources and Assistance page for more information (

NLM Gateway :

NLM Gateway New Version
by Sonya Shooshan, for the NLM Gateway team

A new version of the NLM Gateway was released December 17, 2001 with the following changes:

A "Restore All Defaults" button was added to the Preferences page, and the "Restore Defaults" button was renamed "Restore These Defaults." Users may restore the default preferences settings for the selected page, or users may restore all default preferences settings. In addition, system architecture improvements were implemented, and software bugs were fixed.

Please feel free to contact Sonya via phone or email (301-435-3189 or ( with any questions or comments.

Mapping Center
National Outreach Mapping Center Established
Reprinted with permission from NN/LM South Central Region, Network News, November/December 2001 No. 57
NLM has established a new National Outreach Mapping Center as an aid to ensuring the effective distribution of outreach services by the NLM and the NN/LM. The new Center, at Indiana University (IU), is being developed by IU's Ruth Lilly Medical Library and the Polis Center (a multidisciplinary urban analysis organization). Now that the NLM and many NN/LM members have information services aimed at the general public (in addition to the traditional library services they provide to the biomedical community) it is important to be able to identify and track the special outreach efforts being made on behalf of both consumers and health professionals. The equitable geographic distribution of services and resources is one goal. Another is to be able to "see" which demographic groups are being served, including seniors, people with AIDS, rural citizens and their providers, inner city populations, minority populations, and other underserved groups. There is a variety of outreach efforts by both the NLM and NN/LM Network member libraries aimed at improving the access of biomedical professionals and consumers to reliable health information. Examples are cooperative programs between medical libraries and public libraries to improve health information services for the public; training special populations (for example, seniors and people with AIDS) on how to use the Web as a source of good health information; and exhibits and demonstrations at a wide range of venues, from professional meetings to shopping centers and churches.

With the establishment of the National Outreach Mapping Center, NLM will have enhanced ability to track and map these efforts. The information the Center will provide will aid us in evaluating our efforts and in identifying potential areas to target.

The Director of the National Outreach Mapping Center is Julie McGowan, Ph.D. E-mail:
Indiana University School of Medicine
Ruth Lilly Medical Library
975 W. Walnut Street, IB 100
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5121
Phone: 317-274-7183, Fax: 317-278-2349


MeSH 2002: Online and in Print
The MeSH 2002 is now available on NLM's Medical Subject Headings page. You can search the 2002 MeSH online and read the introduction to the annotated alphabetic list. This page also includes instructions for obtaining downloaded copies of MeSH in XML and ASCII formats.

The paper versions MeSH tools for 2002 may now be ordered from NTIS. The following order information was obtained from the MeSH Publications page on the NLM web site. Orders require either a credit card or NTIS deposit account.

2002 MeSH, Annotated Alphabetic List Order number: PB2002-964801
Price $51.95 U.S., Canada, and Mexico; $103.90 others.

2002 MeSH Tree Structures
Order number: PB2002-964901
Price $46.95 U.S., Canada, and Mexico; $93.90 others.

2002 Permuted MeSH
Order number: PB2002-965101
Price: $42.95 U.S., Canada, and Mexico; $93.90

Credit card or NTIS deposit account required.
FAX: 703-321-8547
Phone: 800-553-NTIS (6847) or 703-487-4650 (NTIS)


Bioterrorism--Community Preparedness, 2002

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce Fact Sheet


NLM Collaborates on January 31st Satellite Broadcast About Environmental Risks to Children

Status of the Reorganization of National Library of Medicine (NLM) Bibliographic Databases

PubMed >

1. "Links" added to PubMed Search Results
Annette Nahin, PubMed Development Team, NLM

PubMed now displays a new link next to the Related Articles link on retrieved citations. This new link is called "Links" and has been developed to accommodate the growing number of links between records in Entrez databases (e.g., PubMed ).

When you click on Links, you see a pop-up menu. Initially it will contain the same links that currently appear as separate links (Related Articles, LinkOut , etc.). It may also contain two new links, "Cited in PMC" and "Cited in Books." Cited in PMC indicates this article is cited by at least one full text article in PubMedCentral . The link takes you to the article(s) in PMC where it is cited. Cited in Books indicates this article is cited in the bibliography of at least one online book in Bookshelf. Clicking this link will take you to the section(s) of the book(s) where it was cited.

2. Systematic Reviews filter comes to PubMed
Annette Nahin, PubMed Development Team, NLM

NLM is pleased to announce a new search filter, Systematic Reviews, in PubMed . This feature targeted at clinicians is available on PubMed 's Clinical Queries screen (link from sidebar). This screen has been modified so that users will be able to apply either a Clinical Queries filter or the Systematic Reviews filter to their search terms. The Systematic Reviews filter retrieves citations for systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, guidelines, and citations to articles from journals specializing in clinical review studies.

There will be an article about this new feature in a future issue of the NLM Technical Bulletin and the strategy used to create the filter will be made available.

WebWatch: Linking your web site to MedlinePlus

by Naomi Miller and Jennifer Marill Public Services Division, National Library of Medicine

Does your institution's web site need consumer health information? If it does, the National Library of Medicine invites you to link from your web site to MedlinePlus at MedlinePlus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, non-profit and other health-related organizations. Pre-formulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information, interactive health tutorials and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.

Advantages of linking to MedlinePlus include:

What's the best way to link to MedlinePlus ? You are welcome to link to MedlinePlus or any of the over 500 health topic pages, either directly or by opening a new window. The advantage of opening a new window is that your users still have a browser window with your web site available. Also, because of arrangements with licensed content providers, please do not place any pages in a frame.

Here are some images and text to assist you in coding your HTML link to MedlinePlus . Please observe the form of the MedlinePlus name, which should always begin with "MEDLINE" in capital letters and "plus" in lower-case letters.

To point to MedlinePlus , the code is:

<a href=>MEDLINEplus</A>

To point users to MedlinePlus and open the results in a new window, the code is:

<a href="" target="medlinepluswindow">MEDLINEplus</a>

To put the MedlinePlus search box on your own page, the code is:

<form method="post" action="">
Search <a href="">MEDLINEplus</a>:&nbsp;&nbsp;
<input type="text" name="words" size="20" maxlength="60">
<input type="hidden" name="config" value="medplus_fuzzy">
<input type="hidden" name="method" value="and">
<input type="hidden" name="format" value="builtin-short">
<input type="hidden" name="restrict" value="">
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="Go">

To put the MedlinePlus search box on your own page and open the results in a new window, the code is:

<form method="post" action="" target="resultwindow">
Search <a href="">MEDLINEplus/</a>:&nbsp;&nbsp;
<input type="text" name="words" size="20" maxlength="60"><input type="hidden" name="config" value="medplus_fuzzy">
<input type="hidden" name="method" value="and">
<input type="hidden" name="format" value="builtin-short">
<input type="hidden" name="restrict" value="">
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="Go">

We hope that this information will be useful. Additional text to describe MedlinePlus and graphics are available from the Linking to MedlinePlus page at

CYBERSPACE: URLS Useful Resources for Libraries

by Beth M. Wescott, editor

URLS for Palm Users:
Mobile Computing: Pocket Computers (Palm, CE, and more), Provide links to Internet sites devoted to the use of palm technology in medicine.
PDA Guide Redesigned
The Library has revamped its PDA subject guide to reflect the amount of information and activities being generated around the Duke Medical Center related to this topic.
Finding Consumer and Patient Health Information in the Duke University Medical Center Library - Handout (in PDF format) which describes using online databases and finding books, audiovisuals, and journal articles.

.gov public health URLs:

Garfield, Star Sleeper Facts about children and sleep from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Did you know that most kids need at least 9 hours of sleep every night!!? That's right, and Garfield - a Star Sleeper - has teamed up with the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research to tell you all about sleep and how getting enough sleep at night helps you do your best during the day. Sleep Well. Do Well.
Information privacy: industry best practices and technological solutions: hearing before the 107th Congress, 1st session, June 21, 2001. Washington, DC : U.S. G.P.O., 2001 United States. Congress. House. Committee on Energy and Commerce. Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Data Services, GIS and Public Health
Check out the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) newly established web site. It serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.
In Spanish at:
In English is at:
Healthy People 2010 Online Documents This Web site contains the full text of the following Healthy People 2010 publications:

Health People 2010, Volume 1
Understanding and Improving Health Objective for Improving Health (Part A)
Health People 2010, Volume II
Objectives for Improving Health (Part B)
Tracking Health People 2010
Community health status indicators
The Resource Directory for Older People
From the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Milk Matters Calcium Education

.edu and .org Spanish/Latino URLs:
Spanish patient education materials
UIC Midwest Latino Health Research Center is developing materials, primarily instructional, in Spanish and English for use by health promoters in the areas of diabetes-related chronic diseases and traffic safety. E-mail:
In Spanish. Family Health International (FHI). Family Health International (FHI), PO Box 13950, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.
Section I gives background and technical information on adolescents' needs and STIs, contraception and HIV/AIDS. Section II focuses on service delivery for adolescents, particularly counseling.

Interactive Health Tutorials

The tutorials are interactive health education resources from the Patient Education Institute. Using animated graphics each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language. You can also listen to the tutorial.

Diseases and Conditions
Tests and Diagnostic Procedures
Surgery and Treatment Procedures
Prevention and Wellness
Diabetes - Introducción
Diabetes - Complicaciones Oculares
Diabetes - Cuidado del Pie
Presión Arterial Alta (Hipertensión)

Send a Link with PubMed URL

by Merle Colglazier, Acting System Librarian, Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Sending a link with PubMed URL is a simple and effective way to start training library clients in PubMed searching. This process also integrates easily into the workflow of PubMed mediated searching. You can do more with the PubMed URL than bookmark it or save it in Cubby for future use. You can e-mail the search query to a library client who can click the hyperlink and launch the search query in PubMed . This simple process transforms the PubMed search results on a static printout into an interactive encounter with the PubMed database. To use a familiar metaphor, it's like giving a hungry person a fish and also teaching him or her how to fish at the same time.

Using the URL button to bookmark or to save a PubMed search to Cubby is explained in PubMed Help. 1To take it a step beyond, here's how to send a link with a PubMed URL. Remember, whatever e-mail client is used to send the URL, the recipient's e-mail client must be able to receive long URLs within the e-mail or as a file attachment.

  1. Save the PubMed search strategy as part of the URL by clicking the URL button on the Details page.
  2. Then send a link containing the embedded PubMed query using an e-mail client that supports sending URLs that are longer than one line.
    1. For example, using MS Outlook 97 from within Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.5), you send a link containing a PubMed URL by clicking File, Send, and Link by E-mail.
    2. Alternatively with MS Outlook, after generating the PubMed URL, click the Mail icon, and then Send a Link.
    3. Using MS Outlook Express from within MS IE, you send a link with a PubMed URL by clicking Mail, Send a Link, Format, and then Rich Text (HTML).
  3. The receiving e-mail client must support the RTF standard to receive a PubMed URL from Outlook Express. Otherwise, a long URL will break into ASCII text when the URL wraps to the next line.
  4. Using the Netscape browser (version 6.2) and Netscape 6 Mail, after generating the PubMed URL, click File, then Send Link.
  5. As a last resort, save the URL in a Cubby and give the library client the login information.

The process explained above also works for sending a link with a NLM Gateway URL. On the Results Summary page for NLM Gateway , first click the Details of Search button in the Actions column, and then click the URL button on the Details of Search page. Then, follow the same instructions above for MS IE or Netscape.

The URL feature in PubMed works by using a powerful capability of the URI standard: the query component. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) specifies, "Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs, aka URLs) are short strings that identify resources in the web: documents, images, downloadable files, services, electronic mailboxes, and other resources." 2 The "other resources" part of this specification includes resources such as web-based databases for which the query component of the URI comes into play. The query component of the URI is the part of the link that contains the embedded PubMed search, and identifies the related PubMed database records as a resource with an address on the web. Tim Berners-Lee has explained the details of the URI query component. 3 The query component is not a commonly used part of the URI scheme. This is probably because query syntax is complex and too difficult to remember as compared to a web address made up only with words. As the web becomes more database driven, use of the URI query component will likely increase. Fortunately, the PubMed URL feature simplifies working with the query component because it automatically generates this part of the URI for a search (Thank you PubMed).

Sending a link with a PubMed URL is a process that could possibly improve library services in three ways. First, it may eliminate the unnecessary. For example, is it always necessary for the library to incur the costs of printing and delivering search results when the library client can have the actual search query to launch, review and print the search results? Second, it may combine the redundant. For example, if you can combine promoting the use of PubMed (and Loansome Doc) with the workflow involved in searching PubMed, is it really necessary to spend separate time promoting PubMed? In other words, why not combine the time promoting PubMed with the time searching PubMed? Perhaps promoting or marketing in search workflow could augment other PubMed marketing activities. Third, it may prove to be a simpler training method. For example, what better time to start training in PubMed searching than the 'teachable moment' when the end-user is motivated and ready to learn about the subject? If the library client has the computer equipment, the network connection, the need for the information, the interest and the time, then the time is right to start training in searching PubMed .

It would be natural to combine other PubMed marketing activities with sending a PubMed URL. For example, you can register a library client for Loansome Doc service at the time you do the PubMed search, and send the library policy for the service with the PubMed URL. Having the library staff take care of the Loansome Doc registration for the client will make sure that it gets done and done correctly.

Try sending a link with PubMed URL. You'll find this is a library process improvement that simply works! The possibility for process improvement with PubMed search activities is in your own library.

1National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubMed Help: Saving a Search Strategy from Details.

2Dan Connolly Naming and addressing: URIs, URLs ... last revised $Date: 2001/04/21 07:12:23 $ by $Author: Connolly $Created 1993 by TimBL Copyright© 1997 W3C(MIT, INRIA, Keio), All Rights Reserved. W3C

3Tim Berners-Lee, et al. Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI): Generic Syntax. Xerox Corporation: Network Working Group, 1998.

Greetings from the RML's Newest Outreach Coordinator

by J. Dale Prince, outreach coordinator

Hello, my name is J. Dale Prince and, as of 2 January 2002, I am the new Outreach Coordinator for the SE/A region. I come most recently from the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, where I was the circulation librarian. Prior to that I worked at Purdue University where I coordinated circulation and circulation training for the sixteen libraries on that campus.

I was born in Arkansas but was raised in Alabama in the town where Harper Lee and Truman Capote grew up (to be fair, a large number of other people grew up there also, but I don't know all of their names). I graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. and an M.A. in English. From there I went on to Indiana University where I earned an M.L.S. I've taught composition and English literature to undergraduates (but still have to use a spelling and grammar checker myself) and have taught technology basics to incoming M.L.S. students. I've worked in an ILL department and a microforms department. I've also been managing editor of a literary magazine, which means I spent a lot of time trying to raise money and get people to work for free, but I learned how to throw a good benefit party. I also spent time, as an undergraduate-which I was for an inordinately long time-in a McDonald's drive-thru window, which partially explains my vegetarianism.

So that's about it. Unfortunately, I didn't have any jobs on a tramp steamer or in a jungle, so it's not very interesting. Ask me about my family sometime, though. You'll be interested or horrified. Maybe both.

MLA's Consumer Health Guides and Handbooks Appropriate for Your Library

BibKit #7, Consumer Health: A Guide to Internet Information Resources Table of contents and order information, including member discount can be found at

MLA'S Consumer Health Guide Receives Enthusiastic Review
Reprinted with permission from MLA-FOCUS 1/8/2002

"Consumer Health: A Guide to Internet Information Resources (MLA BibKit #7)" was reviewed in the current "Health Care on the Internet," vol. 5, no. 3, by Ellen Gay Detlefsen, D.L.S, School of Information Sciences, Center for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh.

Calling it a "must purchase by librarians in medical and public library well as on the shelves of academic libraries," Detlefsen praises Cecilia Durkin's "enormous the initial selection and categorization of the Web sites." She points out that the guide is "more than the usual annotated list of Web sites," citing appendixes on multiple languages and low-literacy sites, electronic books and pamphlets, and "even information on staying current as a medical librarian."

The Medical Library Association Consumer Health Reference Service Handbook Donald A. Barclay and Deborah D. Halsted, 2001. Neal-Schuman Publishers. ISBN 1-55570-418-2.
Table of contents and order information, including member discount, can be found at

Any librarian who answers consumer-health questions will find this comprehensive guide to be a treasure chest of professional information. Barclay and Halsted list and annotate hundreds of sources for consumer-health information and illustrate the principles and practice of consumer-health librarianship. The CD-ROM includes templates for developing an effective consumer-health Website and for designing inhouse consumer-health information brochures.

Congratulations Leslie!

by Jana Allcock, outreach coordinator

Leslie Mackler, Director, Moses Cone Health System Library was awarded a Handspring Visor PDA as the grand prize for participation in the recent prescription pad pilot project. This 6-month project was implemented to determine if doctors or nurse practitioners would write a prescription for information to their clients. At the conclusion of the project, for the grand prize, Leslie's name was drawn randomly from those participating in the project. Librarians and the physicians or nurse practitioners who were involved will all be awarded a gift. Results of the study will be available in a future issue ofSEA Currents

Partners' Website Update

by Chris Shaffer, Technology Coordinator, NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region and Mary E. Ryan,Librarian, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

Healthy People 2010 Information Access Project is now available on the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce Web site. URL: This site searches PubMed for journal articles related to achieving selected Healthy People 2010 objectives. A single click retrieves articles geared to 32 objectives on the following topics: Access to Quality Health Services, Disability and Secondary Conditions, Food Safety, Public Health Infrastructure, Respiratory Diseases, and Environmental Health. The site also includes links to relevant community and clinical preventive service guidelines and MedlinePlus topics. This site is designed to make information needed for the planning and implementation of HP 2010 objectives more easily available to public health professionals, the public health workforce, students, and researchers.

Additionally, the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce website has been updated to reflect two new organizations that have joined the Partners: American Public Health Association, and Association of Schools of Public Health,
There are new logos for them in the sidebar that appears on each page, and representatives from both groups have joined the Steering Committee. Updated web pages include and

Upcoming Events January 2002 - May, 2002

January 2002 - May 2002

February 6 Medical Library Association satellite teleconference, "Sync or Swim: Managing the Flood of PDAs in Health Care," from 3:00 to 4:30 pm EST. Teleconference agenda is available at:
Sites are listed at
March 13-15 Computers in Libraries 2002, The Technology Conference for Information Age Librarians
Washington Hilton and Towers, Washington, DC
March 16-17
American Society for Information and Technology (ASIST) Third Annual Information architecture Summit, Refining our Craft
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, MD
April 11-13
Florida Health Sciences Library Association, 2002 Annual Meeting: "Medical Information: Putting the Pieces Together."
St. Augustine Casa Monica Hotel
May 17-23
MLA '02: "Big D", MLA Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX
Adam's Mark Dallas, MLA '02

NLM Technical Bulletin Table of Contents
2001 November-December No. 323

Technical Notes: - e1

Status of the Reorganization of National Library of Medicine Bibliographic Databases

NLM Creates Web Site for Arctic Health

New Clinical Advisory Issued

New Version of NLM Gateway Released - November 15, 2001

MeSH 2002 Files Available for Downloading -
[Tree Number Change Made on December 10, 2001.]

NHLBI Issues New Clinical Advisory

Name Changes for PubMed Fields

New Version of NLM Gateway Released - December 17, 2001

History of Medicine - New PubMed Subset- e5
The "History of Medicine" subject subset is now available on the Subset pull-down menu on the PubMed Limits screen.

Searchable Online Books Linked to PubMed - e6
The NCBI Bookshelf is a growing collection of biomedical textbooks.

Changes in the Treatment of Chemical Data in MEDLINE® e7
Read about the changes for the treatment of chemical data in MEDLINE citations.

Smallpox Preparedness - e8
NLM and CDC are working to make full text smallpox information available on the Web.

What's New for 2002 MeSH - e9
Highlights of the changes in the 2002 version of NLM's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH).

Hands-On: Revising PubMed Cubby Stored Searches - e10
Learn how to revise a Cubby Stored Search.

MEDLINE Data Changes - 2002 - e11
Our traditional article on changes made to MEDLINE during annual maintenance.

Cataloging News - e12
LOCATORplus is now using 2002 MeSH and other cataloging news.

Technical Bulletin Issue Completed December 28, 2001

Publication Information

This Issue: SEA Currents, January/February 2002, volume 20, issue 1

Please send items and contributed articles for SEA Currents to Beth M. Wescott, Editor, at :

NN/LM SE/A Region
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 W. Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-1512

Phone: 410-706-2855 or 1-800-338-7657 and Choose 1 for Regional Network Office
Fax: 410-706-0099

NN/LM SEA Staff:

Frieda Weise, Director,, 410-706-7545

Janice Kelly, Executive Director,, 410-706-2855

Jana Allcock, Consumer Health Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

J. Dale Prince, Outreach Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Bryan Vogh, Technology Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Beth Wescott, Network Access Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Toni Yancey, Outreach Coordinator,, 410-706-2855

Colette Becker, Assistant to the Executive Director,, 410-706-2855

Ruth Collins, Secretary,, 410-706-2855

Evelyn Peyton, Secretary,, 410-706-2855

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NOTE: This is a newsletter. The links and information are up to date when published and are NOT updated after the published date. The web links have been removed from this issue.